Supply Chain Management within the Healthcare Sector

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Supply chain management With the aging of the population and the increasing developments of technology, healthcare facilities are more and more pressured to provide high quality medical services. This increasing stress associated with the changing needs of the population forces the healthcare providers to also develop and to adjust their operations. Specifically, they are informally required to place an increased emphasis on the administrative and business side of their operations. In this specific order of ideas, the role of supply chain management increases (Uzsoy, 2005). In a traditional setting, supply chain management would integrate the totality of operations and processes which ensure that the product is created and delivered to the end consumer (Handfield, 2011). Within the setting of healthcare provision, the supply chain management would refer to the totality of the operations which ensure that the medical act is created and delivered to the patient; this medical act includes both the services of the medical teams, as well as the medical products required, such as medical equipments, beds, MRI machines, or medicines. At a primary level, the supply chain would be formed from the primary manufacturers, followed by the secondary manufacturers, the distribution centers and the wholesalers. From the wholesalers, the medical equipments and pharmaceuticals would be transmitted to hospitals and clinics. This supply chain management in the healthcare industry is
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